By Giana H

What is it?

Depression is a strong mood involving sadness, discouragement, despair, or hopelessness that lasts for weeks, months, or longer.

Signs and symptoms?

1.Negative feelings or moods.

2.Negative thinking.

3.Low energy or motivation.

4. Social withdrawing.

How does it affect someone?

It may change how they act. They could have an attitude, they might think of themselves as a failure, bad student, a quitter, a slacker, a loser, or a bad person.

Other names or forms?

Another form for depression is the Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD) which is when people feel depressed for the winter season when there isn't a lot of light.

How is it diagnosed?

By a therapist, doctor psychiatrist, and psychologist.

How is it treated?

Medical checkups-doctors check for health conditions that could be causing the depression. Talking to a therapist or counselor could help the victim get help for the depression.

Interesting Facts about Depression

1. Depression involves the balance of naturally occurring chemicals in the brain, they are called Neurotransmitters.